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Debugging my silly bridge:

Bug candidate 1. IFTTT can't handle at-sign in the atom URL , and encodes it as %40. in turn 404s. If this is the underlying reason, IFTTT won't work at all.

Bug candidate 2. I used "" as a filter in IFTTT. Looking at the atom feed contents, the actual entry in the feed presents the tag as a href element with spans and stuff, so IFTTT might have trouble with str matching. Removed #, let's see...

Only now I noticed that my masto-birdsite crossposter applet has description "This Applet usually runs within a few hours" so idk maybe it works ... but *very slowly*.

I guess I'll check my Twitter feed tomorrow morning and see if it has run.

"What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2018?
Under the law that existed until 1978 . . . Works from 1961"


I don't see anything on my Twitter feed yet though....

...I wonder if IFTTT is only being slow or if this isn't working :S

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I got the idea from , *except*

1. I think it makes more sense to tweet only the url to Mastodon message, not the content like in that Medium post.

2. I mark the Mastodon toots that should be crossposted to birdsite by (as crude control over what gets posted on Twitter).

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This is my first Mastodon message that should be shared to Twitter via ! thumbs up that it works 👍

I found two active Mastodon-Twitter crossposter tools:

However, I don't feel like setting up either of them, so first I'm going to try IFTTT atom-feed to twitter tool...

I don't have any hate towards Twitter, but as a FOSS / anti-walled garden nerd I like Mastodon and its federated nature more. But as long as Twitter has interesting comics/ML/and other communities who are not moving to Mastodon , I'm probably not going to abandon the bird ship *totally*...

What's your favorite tool for crossposting tweets/toots on Twitter and Mastodon? Currently I do it manually and boy that's confusing.

Today I was curious about the history of mathematical typesetting & historical typefaces used for #mathematics. I found these:

An essay on the #history of mathematical #typography

Is there a perfect maths font?

Daniel Rhatigan's Three typefaces for mathematics (direct link, 8 MB)

"The image, which was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft prior to its fateful descent into Saturn’s atmosphere, shows Enceladus bathed in light from the sun. [..] it’s the hazy mist just below the moon that deserves your attention more than anything else.

That blurry glow is light being caught by powerful geysers of liquid water which the moon spews out of its southern pole. [..]"

keeps on giving us amazing visuals.


One thing I like about Mastodon: When I right-click on a link and select "Copy link location", I actually get the exact true link to e.g., not an unintelligent cryptic url that points who-knows-where and hopefully redirects to after doing who-knows-what.

"Nature asked six prominent sci-fi writers — Lauren Beukes, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds and Aliette de Bodard — to reflect on what the genre has to offer at the end of an extraordinary year. "

#sciencefiction #SF #future

I guess the reason for this lapse is that you rarely see your own profile in the Mastodon UI. I log in maybe once a day and never noticed (until now) that the pinned message had become outdated...

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Seasonally appropriate properly winter-themed Tintin cover ... found!

Unfortunately, no snow to be seen here in Helsinki atm.

I totally forgot that I still had a *November* themed image pinned on my Mastodon profile. Maybe it's a time to update it...

"More than 50 years ago, John Tukey [..] pointed to the existence of an as-yet unrecognized science, whose subject of interest was learning from data, or “data analysis.” Ten to 20 years ago, John Chambers, Jeff Wu, Bill Cleveland, and Leo Breiman independently once again urged academic statistics to expand its boundaries [..] Cleveland and Wu even suggested the catchy name “data science” for this envisioned field."

D. Donoho on Statistics and Data science:

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